If you have been paying any attention at all to the political gaming that’s been occurring with regards to the immigration reform issue, you probably have heard a lot about costs and restrictions. When it comes to people, you have also likely heard much about people who are currently in the United States illegally and about a potential path to citizenship or at least towards the right to remain in the country legally and on a long-term basis. Those issues are the ones that seem to grab the headlines, and that’s likely because they are also the issues that generate the most interest and attention.
However, the immigration reform debate has begun to turn towards another large group of people who came to the United States legally, and those people are foreign workers who are here on H-1B visas. These documents allow for people to come to the United States from other countries for the purpose of working in a particular area, and generally speaking these visas are granted because a person’s prospective employer is able to demonstrate that such a person has a unique set of skills that necessitates that he or she is hired for that company. These types of visas have been available for many years, and for the most part they have not generated much in the way of controversy.